New Delhi, 5 December 2019Sarah Goulding, Assistant Secretary, Education, Social Protection and Human Development Finance at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), was appointed by the Gavi Board as its new Vice Chair effective as of 1st January 2020.

“It is an honour to be appointed Vice Chair of the Gavi Board, at a time when Gavi is embarking on its new strategy for 2021-2025”, said Sarah Goulding. “I look forward to supporting the Board Chair at this critical time for the Vaccine Alliance, focusing on leaving no one without immunisation. Gavi’s mission to protect millions against life-threatening diseases is critically important for the most vulnerable children in the world’s poorest countries. This year, outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases including measles in places as diverse as DRC, Pakistan and Samoa shows the ongoing importance of vaccination globally."

Sarah Goulding is currently the Gavi Board member for the United States, Australia, Japan and Republic of Korea constituency. She brings deep experience in health, education, gender, climate and environment multilateral finance, as well as longstanding engagement in the Pacific region to her new role at Gavi. She looks forward to engaging with the diverse views of all stakeholders on the Gavi Board, including developing countries, implementing partners, the pharmaceutical industry, civil society, research organisations, independent experts and donors.

Ms Goulding replaces Mr Bill Roedy, Global Health Ambassador and Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks International (MTVNI), who joined Gavi in 2010 as its first envoy.

“Considering Australia’s leadership in immunisation, I’m delighted that Sarah Goulding has accepted the role of Vice Chair,” said Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Gavi Board. “I would also like to thank Bill Roedy who is stepping down at the end of this year. He has been a tireless advocate for children’s health for many years, an exceptional leader in Health and a dedicated Vice-Chair. The commitment he has personally demonstrated to Gavi has been greatly appreciated.”

As Vice Chair of the Board, Ms Goulding will also become chair of the Gavi Governance Committee.

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